Dancin’ in the Streets, Food Trucks, and Beer Garden; Another Fun Day at SAM

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summer and musicNick Waterhouse, the San Francisco-based musician and producer LA Weekly deemed “the young man who makes old R&B,” will headline Summer and Music’s (SAM) first Dancin’ In the Streets on Saturday, August 4, from 7 to 11 p.m., in the Anderson Paint and Hardware parking lot, located at 714 Pine Avenue.

Picking up where last year’s BuskerFest ended, SAM is bringing the dance party back to the streets of Downtown. Featuring live Long Beach jive-inducing music, spins from the finest local DJs, world-class food trucks and a beer garden hosted by Congregation Ale House, Dancin’ in the Streets is all set to be an evening of shaking and shimmying the likes of which is rarely seen outside of a dance club.

“We’re always looking for ways to improve and add new elements to SAM,” said SAM founder and Fingerprints record shop owner Rand Foster. “When last year’s BuskerFest show ended with an impromptu dance party in the streets of Downtown, we all looked at each other and said, ‘dance party!’ There are few opportunities to dance outside in an urban setting and, judging by last year’s ’Busker effect,’ the interest extends far beyond us who plan and work on SAM. Nick Waterhouse is a powerhouse of soulful good vibes, DJ Lithuanian Prince was the man responsible for the initial BuskerFest breakdown, and DJ Dennis Owens supplies the sounds at The Good Foot. We’ve brought together dance party royalty for this event.”

Hailing from Huntington Beach, Waterhouse, 24, is a modern-day powerhouse of 1960s sound, pomade and horn-rimmed glasses—about as far from surf culture as you can get. Releasing his debut EP Is That Clear in late 2011 and just released his first full-length album, Time’s All Gone, Waterhouse’s sonic signature—a Victrola of vintage Soul, Pop 45s and R&B—will lead the charge for an electric night of shimmying and shaking.

Backing up this throwback king are two of Long Beach’s favorite Soul DJs: Dennis Owens and Lithuanian Prince, each spinning their own brand of contagious dance music. Owens, founded the Long Beach funk and soul club, The Good Foot (held every first Friday at Que Sera for nearly 13 years), and toured as the bassist for Free Moral Agents; knows a thing or two about dance-inducing music. DJ Lithuanian Prince, famous for his rare vinyl collection and infamous for his royal swagger, will only add to the mix.

As the SAM’s newest addition, Dancin’ in the Streets will be the second large-scale event of SAM 2012—Downtown Long Beach’s homegrown, sustainable concert series, providing an entire summer of free music to the public.

Food truck options, including The Lime Truck, (Season II winner of The Great Food Truck Race on The Food Network), and the Congregation Ale House beer garden will have offerings to fuel and hydrate the calorie-killing crowd. Conveniently situated just north of Pine Avenue’s restaurant corridor, Dancin’ in the Streets attendees will easily find a full meal and additional libations after they’ve danced off their food truck and beer garden fare.

SAM founding members partnered with the Downtown Long Beach Associates (DLBA) and City of Long Beach Development Services once again this year to produce SAM. Alternative transportation to the event is encouraged, with several public transit options offered by Long Beach Transit.

With three enormously successful seasons of SAM behind us—bringing in an estimated 30,000 attendees each year and garnering substantial media attention and critical acclaim—SAM is gearing up for an even bigger, greener turnout this year. Planned from June to August, the lineup for SAM 2012 is estimated to draw more than 35,000 attendees throughout the summer.

The SAM series features an abundance of local and regional talent, including Long Beach musicians, writers, photographers, videographers, graphic designers and media professionals, as well as enormous support from local businesses and community organizations. This year, SAM will also be fortified by the dedicated efforts of an entire team of event-coordinating music lovers and by a unique partnership with the DLBA and City of Long Beach. It’s truly of the people and for the people.

For more information, call the DLBA at (562) 436.4259 or check out the website: http://www.summerandmusic.com.

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